Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

An approach to catalan dialect lexicography

Germà Colón


The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the Catalan historical lexicography from its origins (late 11th century) to the present. Special attention is paid to the treatment that dialectal forms have received in dictionaries, especially from the 15th century onwards. It examines the major reference works, the influences that have received and the presence and impact of the standard language. The study is divided into three parts corresponding to the three time periods of Catalan historical lexicography: the beginnings of Catalan lexicography (12th - 15th centuries); the ‘imitative’ period, which reflected Spanish patterns (15th - 19th centuries); and the development of a period of autonomy (from the 19th century), as a result of the social recovering of the Catalan language.

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